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Stories for March 14, 2013

San Diego Dismissed As Defendant In TMD Lawsuit

March 14
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The city of San Diego will be dismissed as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by the city's Tourism Marketing District against Mayor Bob Filner, who has refused to sign off on an agreement to release administrative funds to the agency, according to a settlement agreement released today.

Einstein's Birthday A Cause For Innovation

March 14
By Kyla Calvert
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San Diego students celebrated Albert Einstein's birthday by exploring the connection between science and business.

New York City Hits A New Population Mark, Topping 8.3 Million

March 14
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New York City's population is at an all-time high, with an estimated 8,336,697 people living in the city, according to the most recent U.S. Census Data. "For the first time since before 1950, more people are coming to New York City than leaving," said Mayor Bloomberg, announcing the gains Thursday.

Census Shows Record 1 In 3 US Counties Are Dying

March 14
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A record number of U.S. counties -- more than 1 in 3 -- are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs and build families elsewhere.

Judge Approves Convention Center Expansion

March 14
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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A San Diego Superior Court judge gave his final blessing today to the city of San Diego's plan to finance an upcoming $520 million expansion of the downtown convention center.

FDA Approves Drug Developed By UC San Diego Researchers

March 14
By Kenny Goldberg
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Beating 5,000 to 1 odds, UC San Diego researchers have just gotten a new injectable imaging drug approved by the FDA.

Navy Helicopter Lands In San Diego-Area Park

March 14
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Military officials say a Navy helicopter made an emergency landing in a city park south of San Diego.

ICE Reveals Detainee Release Numbers

March 14
By Jude Joffe-Block
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The top official for Immigration and Customs Enforcement said his agency released more than 2,000 immigrants from detention in recent weeks because of budget constraints. The figure was higher than ICE had originally reported at the start of the controversy.

San Diego Holds Hearing On Padres TV Impasse

March 14
By Katie Orr
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Time Warner Cable customers in San Diego are sick and tired of not being able to watch the Padres on TV. Now a San Diego City Council committee is trying to remedy the situation.

Report: Furloughs Increase Calif's Long-Term Costs

March 14
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The state employee furloughs started under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger have greatly increased the cash liabilities owed by California taxpayers when those workers leave government service, according to a report released Thursday by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office.

Death Row Inmate Fights For Right To Die In Oregon

March 14
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Convicted murderer Gary Haugen has spent more than 30 years in prison; he's been on death row since 2007. And if he had his way, he would schedule his execution tomorrow. But in an unusual case, the Oregon Supreme Court must decide whether Haugen, who has waived his right to appeal, can die -- or if Gov. John Kitzhaber's reprieve of Haugen should stand.

Judge Signs Off On San Diego Convention Center Financing Plan

March 14
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A San Diego Superior Court judge gave his final blessing today to the city of San Diego's plan to finance an upcoming $520 million expansion of the downtown convention center.

As His Home Melts Away, Teenager Sues Alaska

March 14
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Nelson Kanuk's house is built on a melting tundra. In a year or two, it could be gone.

American Experience: Jesse James

March 14
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The story of Jesse James is one of America's most familiar myths -- and one of its fictitious. James, so the legend goes, was a Western outlaw, but in reality, he never went west. He has been called America's own Robin Hood, yet he robbed both rich and poor, and was never seen to share his ill-gotten gains. He was known as a gunfighter -- but his victims were almost always unarmed. Less heroic than brutal, James was a member of a vicious band of Missouri guerrillas during the Civil War, and sought vengeance for the Confederate defeat afterwards.

Monarch Butterfly Migration Symbolic Of Cross Border Relationship

March 14
By John Rosman
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The number of monarch butterflies completing their famous migration to central Mexico is dramatically shrinking. Can the U.S. and Mexico work together to change it?

Detroit Is 'Olympics Of Restructuring,' New Emergency Manager Says

March 14
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Kevyn Orr, "a high-powered Washington, D.C., lawyer and University of Michigan graduate who worked on Chrysler's 2009 bankruptcy restructuring," has been given the job of straightening out the city of Detroit's desperate financial mess, the Detroit Free Press writes.

Lawmakers Working To Reinstate Military Tuition Programs (Video)

March 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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Sequestration cuts have prompted the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard to cease enrollment in their Tuition Assistance programs. Now two U.S. Senators are working to reinstate them.

SDSU Professor Wants Other Nations To Step Up To Bat

March 14
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In her new book, "American Umpire," San Diego State University Professor Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman explains how America became the world's umpire. She says with sequestration, we have the opportunity to re-think our expensive and open-ended commitment to maintain military bases around around the world.

Chula Vista Train Station Shooting Friday Night Directed At Trolley Cops

March 14
By Brad Racino
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A security guard present at Friday night's shooting tells a different story than the one detailed in a Metropolitan Transit System memo to its board.

Naval Medical Center San Diego Performs Surgery On Fetus (Video)

March 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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The surgical staff at Naval Medical Center San Diego recently performed an Ex-utero Intrapartum Treatment - the first time the groundbreaking procedure has ever been conducted at that hospital.

Alabama's Governor Signs Education Bill Allowing School Choice

March 14
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Alabama's Gov. Robert Bentley has signed a sweeping education bill that gives tax credits to parents who want to transfer their children from a failing public school to another public or private school. The bill became law one day after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that a lawsuit against it was premature.

In Partisan Vote, Senate Committee OKs Ban On Assault-Style Weapons

March 14
Mark Memmott / NPR
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By a 10-8, party-line vote with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday moved legislation that would revive the ban on assault-style weapons that expired in 2004.

Neurologists Warn Against ADHD Drugs To Help Kids Study

March 14
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Adderall and other ADHD medications are among the most prescribed drugs in America.

Families Grieve Soldiers Lost In Afghan Helicopter Crash (Video)

March 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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The families and friends of several of the soldiers who died in Tuesday's Black Hawk helicopter crash in Afghanistan are speaking out about the loved ones they lost.

Crime Lab Scandal Leaves Mass. Legal System In Turmoil

March 14
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A scandal in a Massachusetts crime lab continues to reverberate throughout the state's legal system. Several months ago, Annie Dookhan, a former chemist in a state crime lab, told police that she messed up big time. Dookhan now stands accused of falsifying test results in as many as 34,000 cases.

Will CPAC Tell Us Which Way The GOP Is Headed?

March 14
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In the hope of getting answers to that and other questions, many activists, party big wigs and political journalists have descended on a hotel in a Washington suburb to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference, Which started Thursday.

After Standoff, Suspect In N.Y. Shooting Deaths Of 4 Is Killed By Police

March 14
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A deadly drama in central New York State ended early Thursday when police killed the man suspected of shooting to death four people and injuring two others on Wednesday, Utica's Observer-Dispatch reports.

Want To Throw Away Art And Don't Know How?

March 14
By Angela Carone
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Are you tired of seeing so much art in San Diego? All the murals and waterfront sculptures got you down? KPBS culture reporter Angela Carone says a company called Art Disposal Service is hoping to solve the problem of too much art in the city.

Goldsmith Doesn't Want Office Lawyers To Go To Mayor Filner's Office Alone

March 14
By Amita Sharma
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Public squabbles at San Diego city hall are nothing new. But insiders say bickering between Mayor Bob Filner and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith’s office have degenerated into heated confrontations and outright yelling and screaming behind the scenes. So much so that Goldsmith won’t allow his staff lawyers to go the mayor’s office without a "witness."

Suit Against California's Public Utilities Commisioners To Be Heard In San Diego

March 14
By Alison St John
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A court hearing is scheduled in San Diego today for a lawsuit filed against California’s five Public Utility Commissioners. The suit claims many stakeholders are being excluded from a private meeting with Public Utilities Commissioners.

DeMaio, Goldsmith Discuss 'Future Of Pension Reform'

March 14
By Claire Trageser
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San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and former City Councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio talked about the future of pension reform Thursday morning.